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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Monday, September 22

“Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home.”
Pr 24:3 CEV


When you’re the parent of a “teen in transition” it’s important to find the right blend of correction, instruction, motivation, and praise. Instead of focusing on behavior you don’t want, praise and reward behavior you want more of. If your child feels like you’re always “on their back” instead of “on their team” about how they dress, their friends, their music, etc., they’ll resist you at every turn. The Bible says about parenting: (a) “Children, obey your parents” (Eph 6:1 NKJV). (b) “Don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them” (Eph 6:4 TM). Use the carrot and stick approach. If you’re all “stick” and no “carrot” you’ll provoke them into rebelling, going undercover, and cutting off communication. And if you grew up in a home where you were never praised or rewarded, you’ll have to work harder to break the cycle. Exploding at your teen just teaches them to handle their own anger explosively. Expect to be shocked, and be prepared to respond constructively. If you take their mood swings and inconsistencies personally, you’ll end up reacting in ways you regret. Do you remember your own adolescence, and how you felt about your parents’ opinions, tastes, and rules? Mark Twain said: “When I was fourteen my dad was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. But when I got to be twenty-one I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years!” If you’re raising a teen, here are two Scriptures worth remembering: “Love never fails” (1Co 13:8 NKJV). “Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home.”

Tuesday, September 23

“Be fruitful…multiply…and govern.”
Ge 1:28 NLT


If you want to know God’s original intention for each of us, look at Adam. “God created human beings in his own image…Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it’” (vv. 27-28 NLT). We were created to be productive, to multiply, and to govern. And every profession known to man is encapsulated in those three words. A priest is one who represents God on behalf of others, and others on behalf of God. But in reality, that was the original description of all of us. We were made in God’s image to continue His work of making the earth flourish, and by our flourishing, give voice to the whole earth to praise God. All work was designed by God to be priestly work. It’s not just professional clergy or missionaries who are called by God, nor are they more pleasing or important to Him. Bible scholar N. T. Wright paints a wonderful image of this concept. Picture human beings as mirrors set at a 45-degree angle between heaven and earth. We were created to reflect God’s care and dominion of the earth, and reflect the worship and gratitude of creation back to God. This is what we do when we work. You have a calling. You are gifted. You are a priest. This isn’t just something that relates to volunteering at church. Your work is a primary place—maybe the primary place where your calling gets lived out. When you start seeing yourself as “ordained by God” to do the job you do, it’ll put a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and add dignity to your work.